Just a day after one of the busiest days in Asian boxing we return for another busy day. This time with 3 shows in Japan and one in the Philippines.
Of the Japanese shows two of them take place at the Aioi Hall in Kariya.
The first of the two Aioi Hall shows is a 9 fight show show that takes place at mid-day local time and is promoted by Yakushiji.
This card starts with five success 4 round bouts. Unfortunately we've struggled to work out who will be in the first contest but the second will see Masanari Iwane (1-3) taking on a debutant, who believe will be Takashi Igarashi (0-0).
The third of the 4 rounders will see another debutant in action though again we've struggled to name names. Thankfully we have got the names for men involved in the fourth bout on the show which will see Hikaru Taiga (3-1, 2) fighting against the unbeaten Genki Nakashima (2-0).
In the final 4 rounder Tetsuya Yamaguchi (1-1) will be fighting against Yuta Takimoto (3-3, 2).
Following the relatively disappointing 4 rounder we then move on to the first 6 rounder of the show. This will see Yuya Nakazato (5-9, 5) fighting against Kazuki Fukakura (5-6-2, 2) in what looks like an interesting lower card contest. After the first 6 rounder we move up to 8 rounds for a contest between Yuji Iwata (6-4-1, 4) and Shinichi Tsukahara (7-6-2, 3).
Rather oddly this card moves back down to a 6 round for the chief support contest which will see Akito Hoshi (7-5, 2) taking on the once beaten Yuta Horiike (8-1-3, 2). Horiike, ranked by the JBC, will be expected to win though we imagine he will be tested.
The main event on this show will see the Japanese ranked Daiki Koide (20-5-2, 9) battle Filipino visitor Rey Labao (24-5, 16). As Labao is very highly ranked by the OPBF it's fair to say that Koide will see a reward if he wins, however he is up against a very credible opponent here.
The second show at the Aioi show, which starts around 17:00 local time, is a 5 fight show.
This show starts with an all-debutant contest over 4 rounds. We're not sure who these fighters will be though we expect it to Tominaga Shinpei (0-0) against Kawai Masatetsu (0-0). Following the opener the show moves onto a contest between Masami Moriizumi (5-1-1, 4) and Kosuke Mizuno (5-4-2, 1) over 6 rounds.
Following the sole 6 rounder we move on to the 8 round distance as Ryosuke Maruki (6-1-1, 4) takes on Indonesian Jamed Jalarante (22-15-1, 11) and Taro Oikawa (2-2, 2) also battles an Indonesian in the form of Rochmad Santoso (3-2, 2). It's hard to go against the two Japanese fighters here though they may find life hard going.
The main event in the second Aioi Hall show will see a third straight Japanese-Indoneasian contest that will see the promising Kazuya Maruki (14-2-1, 9) taking on Rusmin Kie Raha (12-3-2, 2).
As well as the two Aioi Hall shows there is another show in IMP Hall in Osaka. This show, an eight fight show put on by Osakateiken.
This show begins with the debut of Taniwa Naoki (0-0) who will be fighting in a 4 rounder. Unfortunately we've failed to identify Naoki's opponent. This is one of five bouts scheduled for 4 rounds, sadly we've struggled to name those fighters in the other four contests.
After the 4 rounders the show will then have a single 6 rounder which will see a Thai visitor travel to Japan. This sole 6 rounder contest will then be followed by the main event which will see Naoki Matsumoto (9-6-2, 2) attempting to defeat Yuma Iwahashi (10-6-1, 1) in a bout scheduled for 8 rounds.
In the Philippines it's The Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Complex that hosts the only show. This show, headlined by Cris Paulino (12-1, 3) defending his WBC Youth Intercontinental Flyweight title for the second time as he takes on compatriot Renren Tesorio (12-3-3, 4).
The Paulino/Tesorio bout is one of 6 contests on the show, which kicks off with with a 4 round bout between Kenjie Watanabe (1-1, 1) and the wonderfully named Daffy Dempo (1-1, 1). On paper these two are perfectly well matched though we do favour Watanabe.
The second bout on this show will see Lionel Mark Duran (10-9-2, 4) fighting the very limited Mabert Paulino (2-15) over 6. This will be accompanied by a trio 8 rounders as Zoren Pama (4-8-3, 2) takes on Gerry Pateno (4-4-2, 2), Virden Rivera (4-0-1) fighting against Cris Leon (6-7-4, 3) and Roldan Aldea (4-1-1, 2) battling Jeson Berwela (4-15, 2). We've got to be honest it's hard to be too interested in these bouts.
After a busy week in Asian boxing it'd have been fair to have assumed that things would have quietened down for Sunday. Sometimes however what we expect to happen simply doesn't and instead of a quiet Sunday we get an incredibly busy day around the Orient.
The most notable single fight takes place at the Sambo Hall in Kobe as Teiru Kinoshita (17-0-1, 3) defends his Japanese Super Flyweight title for the 4th time. Kinoshita will be facing former world title challenger Junichi Ebusuoka (23-15-5, 10). It's hard not to imagine Kinoshita having too much for his experienced rival.
The card at the Sambo Hall features 7 other bouts with one of those thoufht to be Kazuhiro Nishitani (10-2, 4) against Takashi Oda (8-11-2, 5). Unfortunately we're not 100% on the rest of the card though we are expecting 3 debutants including Yuki Ide and Takeshi Ueno.
Staying in Japan there is actually a second card in the country with this one taking place at the Aioi Hall in Aichi.
One of the key bouts in in Aichi sees the #11 ranked Japanese Welterweight Kazuya Maruki (13-2, 9) taking on Filipino Rufino Mante (8-15-2, 4). This appears to be little more than a stay busy contest for Maruki who will be hoping to score his 3rd successive victory.
The last fight on the card sees the #8 ranked Japanese Lightweight Daiki Koide (19-5-2, 8) facing Shinichi Tsukahara (7-5-2, 3). It's hard to imagine Koide losing this contest.
Also on the card in Aichi are 3 more interesting 6 round contests, though limited match ups as Takahiro Hori (4-6-1, 3) faces Yuji Iwata (5-4-1, 1) in a Light Welterweight contest; Ryosuke Maruki (5-1-1, 4) fights Jaypee Ignacio (9-15-2, 2) and Kazuki Fukakura (5-5-2, 2) battles Akito Hoshi (6-5, 2).
We also understand that the card is to feature 3 other contests with at last 2 men making their debuts.
Outside of Japan we expect to also have shows in South Korea and the Philippines, of those it's the Filipino card that has the most interest with 7 bouts on it.
The Filipino card features 5 bouts scheduled for 10 rounds. Amongst those are a bout between Roberto Gonzalez (21-2, 12) and Roselito Campana (18-16-3, 5). Although on paper this looks to be a mismatch it needs to be noted that Gonzalez has been stopped in 2 of his last 3 contests and has won just once in the last year.
At Bantamweight we get another interesting bout as the promising Jetro Pabustan (20-1-5, 6) takes on Boy Dondee Pumar (9-4-3, 3). Again the records are widely different but Pumar has mixed with much higher quality including upcoming world title challenger Tomoki Kameda.
Down at Minimumweight Oliver Gregorio (8-1-1, 5) shares the ring with the experienced Ruther del Castillo (9-19-8, 2) in a bout that should go the distance due to Castillo's toughness.
In a compelling Super Flyweight contest Michael Dasmarinas (12-1, 8) faces the experienced Pit Anacaya (8-20-2, 1). With Anacaya being a tough guy to stop we'd not be shocked with Dasmarinas being taken the distance here.
The most interesting of the 10 round bouts, at least in our eyes, is the meeting between the unbeaten JR Magboo (11-0-2, 5) and the once beaten Bryan Macamay (7-1-2, 5). This looks like a genuinely good match up and one that could go either way.
In the cards sole 8 round bout Rennel Flechero (9-4-1, 5) will fight Jerald Cortes (3-7-4, 2) whilst the only 4 round bout features the unbeaten Miko Sacro (1-0) taking on the debuting Rolly Sumalpong (0-0).
In South Korea at the Puno Boxing Gymnasium in Gimpo there is another 7 bout show.
The card in South Korea doesn't have any genuine stand out bouts but does look to be a sign that boxing is alive in South Korea even if the country really doesn't seem to have many stars any more.
The most notable name on the show is Ji-Hoon Kim (3-3, 1) unfortunately it's not the Ji-Hoon Kim that we all know and love. This Ji-Hoon Kim isn't the fighter who has made a name around the world, instead this one is a novice who will be looking to score his 4th victory as he takes on the unbeaten Joo-Hyun Kim (3-0-1, 1) in a scheduled 6 round contest.
The card also features 2 other 6 round contests as Sang-Joon Park (3-3-1) takes on Yong-Soo Kim (2-2-1, 1) and the unbeaten In-Ho Cha (3-0, 3) takes on Dong-Uk Kim (2-3, 2). This will be Cha's 4th bout of the year as he looks to climb up the Cruiserweight rankings.
As well as the bouts scheduled for 6 rounds the card also has a selection of 4 round contests. These include an all debutant batte between Joon Lee (0-0) Dong-Hyuk Park (0-0) and a battle between winless pair Su-Jin Park (0-1) and Sung-Hwan Kim (0-0-1).
To round off the show Ji-Hwan Bang (1-0) willt take on Jung-Ho Kim (0-1) and debutant Dawit (0-0) will battle Da-Won Suh (0-3).